Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | Swords and Shadowhunters


Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth? (taken from Goodreads)

He’d never seen a teenage girl this excited about anything — not famous actors, not boy bands, not jewelry. This girl was practically vibrating to pieces over the idea of a dead body.

This book was a BEAST. Seriously, it weights like ten pounds. Which was slightly intimidating for me, so I bought it…and let it sit for probably a good week before touching it (actually, that’s a lie…it’s the Barnes & Noble special edition with Simon and Izzy’s engagement party and I read that in the car on the way back from B&N. Whoops). But then I picked it up! And read it! And liked it!

Reasons I Liked It:

-Emma is basically the best protagonist ever. She’s all hot-headedness and rage and snark and awesomeness.

Julian is also pretty dang awesome. He’s nice and cheerful but also eternally stressed out and has somewhat of a dark side that he tries to keep hidden around his siblings but lets Emma see and that brings me to my third point…

-SHIPPY SHIPPY SHIP SHIP. Julian and Emma are probably like up there on my list of my OTPs because they are so cute and perfect AND I JUST LOVE THEM, OKAY???

-YAY THE DIVERSITY. Mark, Julian’s brother, is bisexual. Their little brother, Ty, is autistic. Cristina is Mexican. And it’s not like a big thing. They’re just bisexual or autistic or Mexican. It’s not all the character is. And that was pretty great.

-There’s emphases on family. Julian has been taking care of his siblings since he was a little kid (maybe twelve or thirteen? I can’t remember his exact age), and they’re all super close and squishy and there’s no weird petty tension between everyone like there is between family members in a lot of books.

-ALL THE CAMEOS. Let me tell you one thing: PEOPLE SHOW UP. Clary and Jace and Magnus and Alec and Jem and Tessa and Church the cat. Plus Simon and Isabel in the short story at the end.

What I Didn’t Like:

-It was WAY TOO LONG. Like, it could have been cut down a couple hundred pages and been perfectly fine. I actually felt that way about all of Cassandra Clare’s other books, so I wasn’t super surprised to feel it about this one, too.

-It did have some pretty cliched parts. Forbidden romance. Villain monologue. Things like that.

-Somewhat of a lack of plot. Maybe things will be tied together in the next two books, but it kind of felt like a bunch of people doing random things that eventually lead to a Big Epic Fight.

-I’m not actually worried about anyone. I don’t think anyone’s going to die. I WAS EXPECTING MORE FEAR FOR CHARACTER’S LIVES.

So, yeah! A pretty enjoyable book all in all, and if you want to read it, you still can even if you haven’t read the other shadowhunters books, first. It helps, sure, but it’s not NEEDED.


Tell me, blogglings? Have you read Lady Midnight yet? Have you read the other shadowhunters novels? What did you think? Did you like or dislike the Shadowhunters TV show?

Happy Friday,



4 thoughts on “Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | Swords and Shadowhunters

  1. I see this all the time on Instagram and have wondered about it. But I probably need to read Cassandra Clare’s other books first. XD It sounds really good though!


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